The VDPAM Graduate programs are interdisciplinary with focus on the study of animal welfare, health and disease in populations. The diverse disciplines in the program are unified by a common approach based on the application of statistical methods to problem solving in populations.

VDPAM Graduate Programs provide valuable skills and experience to persons interested in pursuing a career in the areas of public health, food safety, emerging infectious diseases, zoo or wildlife health management, and livestock health and well being . Through research and coursework, students will learn to apply a variety of disciplines, principles, and techniques to complex population health problems involving environmental, ecological, nutritional, genetic, infectious and/or noninfectious components. VDPAM graduate degrees will be of particular value to individuals considering a future in the biological or pharmaceutical industries, public veterinary practice, military veterinary service, international service agencies, regulatory agencies, or any position with a responsibility for health in populations.